The Qurra Papyrus - Concerning The Dispatch Of The Corn To The Capital & The Remittance Of Charges - Egyptian National Library Inv. No. 331, 91 AH / 710 CE
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Figure: (a) Picture of the papyrus and (b) the content of the papyrus.
 encloses letters supplied to fill a lacuna.
Rabīʿ I, 91 AH / January - February 710 CE.
Two fragments: Egyptian National Library Inv. No. 331, 36.6 cm x 14.5 cm (right hand side); P. Lond. Br. Mus. Or. 6231 (3), 36.6 cm x 6.7 cm (left hand side).
It is a light brown, fine papyrus. The text of the letter is quite exceptionally written in black ink parallel to the vertical fibres, i.e., on verso; diacritical points, which in line 2 are in the form of small slanting lines, are but sparsely added. The recto is blank.
Inv. No. 331 + P. Lond. Br. Mus. Or. 6231 (3).
The translation of the document is:
-  to
- al-Fusṭāṭ. I have forsooth already remitted
- them the charges (maks) therefore (i.e., for the corn) and they may sell it at al-Fusṭāṭ.
- Do this quickly for I fear
- a rise in the price of the corn in al-Fusṭāṭ.
- For if I do not exact the charges in favour of the merchants
- they obtain a good profit. And,
- if it pleases God, the harvest will
- take place in forty nights or thereabouts.
- Therefore, dispatch will all speed what thou hast
- gathered in (?) thereof and write
- me how thou hast managed matters there after,
- and how many vendors
- in the corn there are in thy district, And hail
- to him who follows the guidance. And Jarīr
- has written (it) in the month of Rabīʿ I of the year nine-
Egyptian National Library, Cairo, Egypt.
 Adolf Grohmann, Arabic Papyri In The Egyptian Library, Volume III (Administrative Texts), 1938, Egyptian Library Press: Cairo, No. 147, pp. 7-11.
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